I am aware that something which is noticeably absent from this plan is a timeline. The reason for this is the context in which I am learning, along with my own bingeing nature, when it comes to most forms of activity.
Firstly, my language learning is happening in the context of language program management, home office responsibilities and cross-cultural living. That is to say that while my current priority is language learning, occasionally other things have to become more of a priority temporarily. Therefore, expecting the unexpected, a timeline would only be a suggestion anyway.
Secondly, my personal tasking tendency is to feel like doing a task, then to do it until I get tired of it and move on to something else. Having that kind of flexibility, to work on vocab for a bit, then switch over to grammar, is something that is of value to me in keeping my language study fresh and exciting. Discipline is not really a strong suit of mine. So, rather than working against that all the time and trying to force myself to be disciplined about language learning - which would essentially be like trying to learn two things at the same time, doubling the potential for excess stress - I keep things fluid and volitional.
So far, it seems to be working for me. As long as I am doing something towards language learning, that's better than doing nothing, right? My scheduled time for focus on Shiyeyi learning is until early 2012, at which point I will be transitioning into translator selection and training, along with exegetical preparation for actual translation work. But learning Shiyeyi will continue to be a part of what I do for the entirety of my stay here in Botswana.